Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Silly me

Silly me I forgot a rather major trailer which should have been number one on my list really. So now it gets a little post all of its own! Twilight New Moon is one of the most anticipated films of the year after the first film was such a huge success. So here is a little taster of it if you have yet to see the trailer in the cinema for yourself.

Im not a huge geeky fan but have read all of the books (although I do not think they are well written at all, just really good stories) so am looking forward to seeing how they interpret the next part of the story.

Also really looking forward to seeing Dakota Fanning who has grown up big time in the last few months. I think she is a great little actress and if she can make the transition from child to adult star without going off the rails as many do I think she will have a long career ahead of her. She looks haunting as Jane in the trailer so hopefully she will be just as good on the big screen.

A few trailers

Just a few tasty trailers for your viewing of some up and coming films that Im looking forward to

First up The Box Due out 4th December. Starring Cameron Diaz, Arthur Lewis and Arlington Steward. A couple have to decide wether to push the button and kill a stranger for $1 million or not. Think it could be interesting.

Next up Cold Souls due out 13th November. Starring paul Giamatti as himself. I love the idea that we could store our souls. And think this could be a dark comedy with some deadpan humor.

Next Harry Brown which is already out. Starring Michael Caine as an OAP who decides to take justice into his own hands after his best friend is killed. This looks like an british version of Gran Torino which I loved so am really looking forward to seeing this.

Im also looking forward to Amelia starring Hilary Swank. A biopic about the life of Amelia Earhart.

Lastly Where the Wild Things Are looks like it could be awesome! I have never read the book so don't know the story at all but am looking forward to seeing this film. Critics so far have said it is a little darker than the book and has taken nearly 6 years to finish.

Ok so thats all for now but there are quite a few other interesting films out very soon so check back soon for more trailers and reviews.

Hope you enjoy them.
Daisymay XOXO

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Directed by: Paul Weitz
Written by: Paul Weitz and Brian Helgeland
Starring: John C. Reilly, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Jessica Carlson, Patrick Furgit, Michael Cerveris, Selma Hayek and Jane Krakowski

Plot: There are quite alot of little details in this film which I could go into but for times sake I shall skirt across some of these and allow you to discover them for yourself. So I shall just try to give you the main story lines.

Darren (Massoglia) and Steve (Hutcherson) are normal teenage boys and best of friends. When they find a flyer for a touring freak show they decide to go even though they know it is illegal. While there they see many weird and wonderful acts, including a bearded lady (Hayek), a snake boy and a woman who can regenerate her limbs (Krakowski). But what catches
their attention most is Larten Crepsley, a vampire and his highly poisonous spider. Darren loves spiders and Steve is obsessed with vampires, so they are both drawn to this character. But Steve recognizes Crepsley from one of his historical vampire books so, after the show Steve confronts Crepsley and asks him to change him into a vampire. Crepsley says first he must test Steve's blood but when he does he says it is bad and that he will never turn Steve. Darren meanwhile has sneaked into Crepsley's room and steals the special spider. But after fleeing the building he is picked up by a strange man in a strange car (Cerveris) who talks to him about his destiny before dropping him home.

The boys reunite at school the next day, but Steve is shocked to discover that Darren has stolen the vampires spider. He accidentally releases it, then gets bitten by it and instantly falls into a coma. Darren visits Crepsley in hope of a cure and is told he can have the cure if he becomes a half-vampire. So he sacrifices himself and allows Crepsley to turn him. Steve starts to get better after the antidote is administered but Darren must now leave his family to live life as a
vampire. So Crepsley stages Darren's death but at the funeral Steve realizes that Darren has been turned and is very angry at being betrayed by his friend. After Crepsley has dug up Darren they both move into the Freak Show Campsite while Crepsley teaches Darren how to be a vampire. Vampires do not kill humans, just stun them to drink their blood but the Vampanezee race kill to feed. Steve meanwhile is changed by a Vampanezee member and decided to get revenge on Darren. And the battle begins.

I'm not gonna give any more than this because I think this is enough for you to get an understanding of the movie, and enough to help you decide whether or not it is the type of film for you.

Well the story is good but sadly very predictable. As it is based on a set of books written for teenagers I think it could have been a little bit more challenging and complex (like the Twilight seres). It is great for maybe the younger half of the teens but anybody over 15 would probably finding it lacking a little bit. They could really have worked more with some of the interesting characters that are within the Cirque du Freak. Although I have never read the book so do not know whether they tried to keep it true to the book rather than allowing it to evolve a little to make it more appealing to an older audience. It is a simple and easy to follow story line making it a very chilled viewing experience.

Chris Massoglia's acting is up to a fair standard considering
how early in his career this is. It is pretty much his first decent major role, having done small TV parts and the film 'The Hole' up until now. As vampires, in this film, do not really look or act very differently to humans he had a relatively easy job or transforming form one to the other.

John C. Reilly and Michael Cerveris are the big stars of the show, although the kids are technically the leads I suppose. Seeing as they are both well know and have a number of acting credits behind them you expect a good performance and luckily they do not disappoint. It is just a pity the scripting is again weak and a bit feeble. If it had been better they may have had something a bit meatier and more detailed to work with, to help them expand the characters.

The set and sceneries are possibly the best part.
Dark, eerie and a bit fun they give the film the atmosphere it needs. So my hats off to the set designers and locations scout you are possibly the only part of the team to really live up to the full potential behind this film. The filming itself is basic and nothing really exciting to talk about. No interesting techniques or anything out of the ordinary but I think this may have been a little pointless considering the weak scripting etc.

So overall I would say early teens will like it, adults may not. But if you just want something easy to see, maybe after a really hard day at work where you really can't be arsed to concentrate then it would be ok to see, as long as you don't go in expect too much of the film.

I would give it a 5 out 10

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Couples Retreat (2009)

Directed by Peter Billingsley
Written by Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Dana Fox
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Kirsten Davis and Kali Hawk

Plot: Jason (Jason Bateman) and Cynthia (Kristen Bell) have failed to conceive and are heading for a divorce. But in an attempt to save their marriage they book a holiday to a couples therapy retreat. To help them afford the trip they book a group package and persuade their
friends, Dave (Vince Vaughn) and Ronnie (Malin Akerman), Joey (Jon Favreau) and Lucy (Kristen Davis), and divorced Shane (Faizon Love) and his current girlfriend Trudy (Kali Hawk) to join them. Problem is Jason and Ronnie tell their friends that they do not have to participate in the couples therapy and can simply enjoy the other luxuries on the island, this turns out not to be the case when they get there. All the couples have to participate or they must all leave.

When they arrive at Eden they are sent to Eden West the couples side, by Sctanley (Peter Serafinowicz) but Joey learns that Eden East is a singles side and just one big party, but no couples are
allowed there.After their first therapy session all four couples learn they have problems with their relationships and even Ronnie and Dave, who thought they were fine, need the therapy. They endure the resort owner Marcel's (Jean Reno) strange methods of therapy and couples bonding exercises. This includes swimming with sharks and yoga sessions with a very buff instructor named Salvadore (Carlos Ponce).

One night Trudy escapes to Eden East and the other seven leave Eden West in search of her. During the journey to Eden East Cynthia and Jason argue and the group splits up. Cynthia, Lucy
and Ronnie wander into the jungle and Joey, Dave, Jason and Shane continue to find Trudy in Eden East. The women meet up
with Salvadore and he offer to take them to Eden East to have some fun. The men stumble upon Sctanley's hut and he threatens to report them to Marcel, until games salesmen Dave challenges him to a Guitar Hero duel. Dave beats Sctanley and he gives them directions to Eden East. In Eden East Ronnie grows tired of drinking and eventually finds Dave again, and they leave the party for a more romantic trip to the waterfall. Joey sees Lucy with Salvadore and decides to knock him out, this rekindles the past passion of their marriage bringing them together again. Cynthia and Jason share drinks and admit their problems. Shane runs in to his ex-wife, who admits she still loves him and wants to try again. Shane then sees Trudy and decides it is time to end his relationship with her and sets her free to enjoy the singles island.

All four couples return to Eden West. Marcel meets the couples the following morning. At first he seems annoyed at them for disobeying his rules but soon sees that they have worked out their problems and he frees them from the therapy and tells them they may finally go enjoy the rest of the resort.

I don't really have a huge amount to say about this film. It was neither here or there really. It was kinda funny but kinda not. Kinda well scripted and kinda not. Kinda good but kinda not! Just Kinda! I suppose!

There was quite a few laughs, some really good adult humored ones. But there were often scenes where the couples would have a serious-ish talk and you would be waiting for the funny bit and it
just wouldn't come, leaving you feeling a little disappointed. The ludicrousness of some of the situations is just silly. And the scripting is sometimes a bit lacking.

Now I don't mean to stereotype or sound vain but for some reason all the women cast are thin and really beautiful but they are paired with very unlikely husbands. They men aren't unattractive but they are slightly larger and not exactly handsome. The couples are just really not suited to each other, especially Lucy and Joey! Saying that the acting is all good but it is a cast of very good actors so that is the least you expect really. Jason Bateman and Kirsten Bell are especially good as they deal with the slightly more difficult and heartfelt story line.

The story line is so predictable and something you have sort of seen in other films. It is nothing new or different and to be honest its a bit boring. You get fed up of seeing stories that follow the same path and lead to the same ending, and this was one of those films. Its fine if you just want a cheesy chick flick that doesn't require much brain power to watch. It just flows easily,
something you could play in the background and still get all of it.

Thats all I really have to say to be honest. The best part of the film is the island itself, its stunning, the perfect romantic destination.

I would give this a 4 out of 10. Which I know is really low but its just not a very exciting film. I would advise you wait till it comes out on DVD or even until they air it on TV to save you spending any money on it really.